"Odette en abyme: Marcel Proust and Photography" with Dr. Mary Bergstein
Marcel Proust offered the twentieth century a new psychology of memory and seeing. His novel, Ă€ la recherche du temps perdu, was written in the modern age of photography and art history. Because photographs were so persistently associated with memory and time, (and because memory is the overarching topic of the recherche) photography had a special relevance to Proustâ€™s visual imagination. His invention of the character Odette is especially nuanced in this regard. Qualities of condensation, displacement, and timelessness enter into Proustâ€™s uses of photography to establish Odetteâ€™s relationship with Charles Swann. The photographic phenomenon continues in the narratorâ€™s obsession with Albertine, and the â€ślittle actressesâ€ť of Second-Empire Paris.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium